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About | Wide Island View


The Wide Island View is a webzine written for and by members of the JET Programme in Hiroshima, Japan. Created in November 2006, the Wide Island View began as a PDF newsletter emailed to members every two months. In June 2009, the publication moved online.

In addition to news and information about events for Hiroshima JETs, the Wide Island View publishes content of interest to JETs throughout Japan including articles about travel, Japanese culture, Japanese study, recipes and more. All JETs and JET alumni are encouraged to contribute, as well as other members of the English speaking community throughout Japan.

The website is currently managed by Editor-in-Chief Akilah Forde.  She can be contacted at wideislandview@gmail.com.


Akilah Forde is the Editor-in-Chief.  She is  a third year JET from the sunny island of Barbados. Now, she teaches at a high school in Fukuyama.   Akilah is interested in Japanese culture, art, lifestyle and history and as a writer she often shares her thoughts and insights about life in the land of the rising sun.

2015-04-25 14.31.27Kelsey Bouse is a second year jet from Michigan, who lives in Fukuyama teaching at various elementary and junior high school.  As the Social Media and Communications Manager, she is the one you will most likely be in contact with.  She has been to Japan once before when she studied abroad in Shiga Prefecture. She has had various adventures both then and now such as: exploring multiple prefectures, biking the shimanami kaido, and zip-lining along Lake Biwa.

Jonathan Reyes  is an editor/writer for the Wide Island View. As a second year ALT working from Hiroshima City with senior high school students. Originally from the sunny Arizona, Jonathan has slowly come to terms with his innate distrust of large bodies of water. In between reading an obscene amount of books and studying Japanese, Jonathan enjoys traveling around Asia and writing.

IMG_8831Riza Ugalino is an editor/ writer for the Wide Island View. She is a second-year ALT in Kure, contracted through the Bremerton- Kure Sister City Program. In high school, she stayed in Kure as an exchange student, and has been involved with the program ever since. Between snapchatting and finding the next good seasonal combini beverage, she enjoys biking around town, writing, and traveling.”


Amy O’Reilly is an editor/writer for the Wide Island View, as well as a fourth year ALT hailing from the city of Chicago. Now living in a quite different world deep in the mountains of Miyoshi, she teaches high school by day and enjoys reading excessively, traveling aimlessly, slapping words together haphazardly, and soaking up culture of all sorts in her time off.


Holly Smith is an editor for the Wide Island View and a second year JET.  Originally from England, she is now living in the beautiful and picturesque Onomichi.   When she’s not teaching her students quaint British slang, she can be found eating and drinking her way round Japan.

Maia Martucci

Maia Martucci joins the Wide Island View as an editor.  She is a third year JET who has lived all over the world, but for the sake of brevity is from California. She currently lives in Hatsukaichi just across from Miyajima. She enjoys cooking, reading, petting ALL the dogs, and drinking a good cup of tea.

Eric WadeEric Wade is an editor for the Wide Island View.  He’s a second year JET, originally form Santa Clarita, California, where he attended Loyola Marymount University and completed a double-majored in Latin and English Literature.  He likes pottery, airplanes/aviation, sports, and nature. He’s also a self-proclaimed civil war buff, a grammar pacifist and amateur philologist.

Kathy Rice, originally from Pennsylvania, is a third year Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) in Fukuyama. Her work ranges from interpreting for the mayor to writing a monthly English newsletter for local residents.  As one of our contributors, she’ll be bringing us articles on her travels around Japan and events in the Fukuyama area.

If you want to become a contributor, either on a one-off basis or monthly, please contact us on the email address above.

The Wide Island View is run entirely by volunteers, and though it is free online to readers, there is a cost to run the website. Web hosting fees are paid through advertising revenue and donations. If you enjoy reading the Wide Island View, we urge you to show the love through a small donation–every yen helps. Thanks and happy reading!

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